SOURCE: Reply! Inc.

Reply! Inc.

December 11, 2013 09:00 ET

Reply.com Opens Silicon Valley's Season of Giving Benefitting the Mona Foundation and the Tahirih Justice Center

December 12th Luncheon Benefit Will Promote Universal Philanthropy Among the Valley's Tech Companies

SAN RAMON, CA--(Marketwired - Dec 11, 2013) - Reply! Inc., the leading marketplace for locally-targeted advertisers, is kicking off Silicon Valley's season of giving by hosting its third annual invitation-only event, "Holidays with a Purpose," which will benefit the Mona Foundation and the Tahirih Justice Center. This event will be held on December 12th at 12pm PST at the Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel in Menlo Park, CA.

"Every year we promote two nonprofit organizations both because of our passion for what they do and also because we believe they are great examples of how impactful nonprofits should be operated," said Payam Zamani, Founder and CEO of Reply.com. "Mona Foundation and Tahirih Justice Center are excellent organizations with impeccable track records that are making a measurable impact in the world. I look forward to a very successful 'Holidays with a Purpose' event that will allow us to offer our collective support to their good work."

Contributions at last year's event supported two causes: the Mona Foundation, whose main objectives are to provide quality education to all children, raise the status of women and girls, and build community capacity in areas where its partner projects are located, as well as the FEED Foundation, whose mission it is to support programs and organizations that are effectively working to fight hunger and eliminate malnutrition throughout the world.

The Tahirih Justice Center is Reply.com's newest beneficiary to this annual event. Founded by Layli Miller-Muro, the Tahirih Justice Center works to protect immigrant women and girls seeking justice in the United States from gender-based violence. Leveraging both in-house and pro bono attorneys, they empower their clients to achieve justice and equality through holistic direct legal services and national public policy advocacy.

"By the time a woman or girl reaches Tahirih, she is already a hero. Reply! Inc.'s support will ensure that she has access to the critical services she needs to rebuild her life," said Layli Miller-Muro, Founder and Executive Director of Tahirih Justice Center. "Every day, we hear incredibly sad stories from women fleeing human rights violations, including domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. Every day, we are equally awed by our client's courage and resilience, and by the compassion of supporters such as Reply! Inc."

We are grateful that Rainn Wilson, a long-time Mona Foundation and Tahirih Justice Center supporter, and an actor and comedian best-known for his role as "Dwight" in NBC's hit television show, The Office as well as Andy Grammar, the acclaimed singer, songwriter, and musician will be joining us for this event.

"A society's future depends a great deal on the educational opportunities it provides to its children," said Rainn Wilson, "My personal visits to several of the Mona Foundation's projects have shown me the impact of contributions, no matter how small, in enabling grassroots organizations around the world to provide a better and sustainable education to their future generation."

Reply.com's benefit last year raised $175,000 for the Mona Foundation and the FEED Foundation. This year's event aims to raise $200,000 collectively for the Mona Foundation and the Tahirih Justice Center.

To join this event as a sponsor and support "Holidays with a Purpose," please contact the Reply! team at philanthropy@reply.com.

About Reply! Inc.
Reply! Inc. operates the leading marketplace for locally-targeted advertisers. Reply!'s platform provides advertisers of all sizes with a simple and scalable solution for locally-targeted marketing. Reply! owns and operates many destination sites including MerchantCircle.com, which is the largest online network of local business owners in the nation with over 1.5 million member merchants. To learn more about Reply!, please visit www.reply.com.

About the Mona Foundation
Founded in 1999, the Mona Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports grassroots educational initiatives across the world. Its main objectives are to provide quality education to all children, to raise the status of women and girls, and to build community capacity in areas where its partner projects are located. The Mona Foundation achieves these objectives by giving 100% of designated funds, and 97% of general funds, directly to its projects. For more information about Mona Foundation and the projects it supports visit www.monafoundation.org.

About the Tahirih Justice Center
The Tahirih Justice Center works to protect immigrant women and girls seeking justice in the United States from gender-based violence. Tahirih's innovative and comprehensive approach leverages pro bono resources to provide a combination of legal services, advocacy, and public education programs. Their model for service delivery protects the lives of the women and girls they serve, and despite the complex cases they litigate, they have maintained a 99% success rate. Additionally, the Tahirih Justice Center has achieved significant public policy victories -- helping to shape policy and change laws -- both nationally and locally. For their innovative approach and commitment to manage high-quality programs, Tahirih received the 2007 Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management, along with many other awards.

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